Reflecting on the Referendum by Catherine Mackenzie


It’s over now – the referendum. The polling stations are closed, the posters are coming down and we, the people, look on at the aftermath. Facebook ended up being my point of reference for information during the debate. Here are some quotes from my newsfeed before, during and after the Independence Referendum on September the 18th:

Three Ministers
“So be it, Lord; thy throne shall never 
Like earth's proud empires, pass away; 
Thy Kingdom stands, and grows for ever, 
Till all thy creatures own thy sway.
Queen Victoria selected this hymn for her Diamond Jubilee in 1897. One hundred years later it was sung when Britain handed control of Hong Kong to China in 1997, closing one of the last chapters in the imperial story. But Christ has never lowered his banner or handed over control of any his conquests. Whatever the outcome on the 19th, Jesus reigns.”

“What we need is a wholesale redemption of politics. Christians who love Christ and love liberty need to stand for the things we believe in. We need to employ the politic of Christ's Kingdom here in Scotland and in the United Kingdom. We need to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and love our neighbour as ourselves (Mark 12). And we need not be surprised if we suffer for it. We need to long for and pray for the day when the glory of God will cover the earth. And in the meantime we need to reflect that glory in the pulpit, in the pew and, as much as we can, in the parliament. Both Parliaments.”

“Ultimately of course I am hoping for real change - which only comes from the Gospel! That is our only hope ... The work goes on - whatever the political system. May God give myself and all His people, strength to continue that battle until the end. And may He grant the grace and mercy so that we may see revival and renewal of the Kingdom in all the kingdoms of these islands."

A Church Elder
The vote is over. The referendum is finished, but let’s make sure that one thing continues – that we don’t just have a day of prayer for Scotland, that we pray without ceasing for the land that used to be known as “the Land of the Book”. 

A Young Man
"I've been pretty much silent on this debate... I hope I am more explicit about expressing my faith, because I care about Jesus much more than this independence thing, and want you to know that He loves you too; but somehow I hope we don't have to fall out on this. Is it possible to hold strong, life-defining beliefs, want others to realise the truths that you believe, and yet still live at peace with folk who don't agree? And do we have the humility to turn around and accept that we were wrong if eternity conspires to point us in a different direction from where we started?"

A Parent
"I make no secret of the way I voted but regardless of the outcome I want the people of Scotland to unite together for a better, fairer, ethical, moral country - remembering that 'here we have no continuing city'".

A Sixteen Year-old Girl
“As I placed a cross in my chosen box, I couldn’t help but think of a man, the Light of the World, who stepped down into darkness, who was nailed to a cross for you and me – that is the greatest sacrifice for freedom in the history of mankind.”

The Lord of All the Earth
Isaiah 40:15 Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.

Psalm 22:28 for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations.

Psalm 105:1 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

Ephesians 4:31-32 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.